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Lights, camera, action!

Posted on 25/05/2010

Danny John Jules with Georgina Adams, Henry Ambrose, Monica Chowdhary, Rhea Mehmet and Hannah Witham

Budding Spielbergs were given a taste of the action when Royal Holloway, University of London invited local pupils to take part in a two-day film school.

Year 9 and 10 students from Salesian School, in Chertsey and Matthew Arnold School in Staines, started the two days by taking part in a workshop to learn about screen writing, directing and editing. They then used their new found skills to make their own short film based on an Olympic theme to tie in with the College’s Cultural Olympiad Initiative.

British fencer and Olympic hopeful Tom Bennett, who graduated in Environmental Geoscience at Royal Holloway, attended the two days to provide students with some inspiration and also starred in a few of the films.

The two days were culminated by a screening of the films, attended by parents, teachers, colleagues and special guest Danny John Jules, best known for his role as the cat in the comedy series ‘Red Dwarf’.

Danny said, “It’s wonderful watching young people being so artistic and creative. Film-making is about the performance as well as the story and these films managed to include both elements.”

Tanya Popeau, Royal Holloway Outreach Officer, said, “We were incredibly impressed with the sheer talent demonstrated by the school students and the range of exciting films produced in such a short space of time. We were also delighted to welcome Danny John Jules to Royal Holloway who was hugely inspirational for the young people.”

The completed films will be screened again on Sunday 6 June between 1-5.30pm as part of a major exhibition at the Cultural Olympiad event running alongside the College’s annual Garden Party. This diverse exhibition will include an interactive installation using two 15-metre boats on dry land, performances of newly commissioned music and dance works and a production combining toy theatre and live theatre performance.

For further information, please visit: http://www.rhul.ac.uk/cultural-olympiad/


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